We’ve got a loaded Friday slate with 10 NBA games on DraftKings. There aren’t too many injuries for us to capitalize on as of now, so it may be a waiting process throughout the day. For now, let’s go over some top value plays for daily fantasy basketball on DraftKings tonight.
Cheick Diallo, PF/C, PHX vs. POR ($3,200)
The Suns are without Deandre Ayton for the foreseeable future. This should mean at the very least Diallo will come off the bench and play around 20 minutes. He could get the start at center over Aron Baynes ($3,000), it really depends on coach Monty Williams. The Suns are also shorthanded with Cameron Johnson banged up. So both Diallo and Baynes are solid values, though I lean Diallo since he has a bit more upside.
Dewayne Dedmon, C, ATL @ WAS ($3,400)
Dedmon will be available to play against the Wizards tonight. He has missed the past four games due to injury and Atlanta has a pretty thin front court as it is. With Dedmon back, he could start at center next to John Collins immediately. If that’s the case, Dedmon should see a decent amount of minutes in a great matchup. The Wizards are a poor rebounding team and are dealing with injuries.
D.J. Augustin, PG, ORL @ MIN ($3,000)
Augustin is back after missing some time from injury. The Magic are on the road in a fantastic matchup vs. the Timberwolves, who play at a high pace but allow a ton of points. This puts a lot of Orlando’s cheap rotation players in upside spots given how low their prices are right now. Michael Carter-Williams ($3,300), James Ennis ($4,200) and Wes Iwundu ($3,000) are all players to consider here. I favor Augustin mostly because of his track record.
Jerome Robinson, SG/SF, WAS vs. ATL ($3,200)
The Wizards are likely to be without Ish Smith again tonight against the Hawks. This game has an insane O/U of 247.5, so that means plenty of fantasy points to go around. Robinson has filled in at guard in the rotation, playing at least 20 minutes in four straight games. He’s played at least 25 in back-to-back contests and has even reached up to 30 minutes. We don’t need much out of Robinson at this price and if he’s going to play a ton in a fast-paced, high-scoring game, bonus.